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LA's Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 12, 2019 10:25 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, overwhelmingly won election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Gómez, 67, has been the conference's vice president for the past three years. He is considered a...

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Nov. 12, 2019 9:28 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's conservative government says it's scrapping plans to criminalize blasphemy. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said Tuesday that the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being debated in Parliament. It would have made blasphemy punishable by up to two years in...

Cyprus' Church to return money if donor's passport revoked

Nov. 12, 2019 8:42 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says it's ready to give back a fugitive Malaysian financier's 310,000-euro ($342,000) donation if a probe into wealthy individuals who were granted a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program finds that he broke eligibility rules and is...

Polish parliament meets for 1st time since election

Nov. 12, 2019 7:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president laid out his vision of a tolerant Poland rooted in its Christian traditions and appealed Tuesday for an end to political conflict as he inaugurated a new four-year term in the country's parliament. Andrzej Duda paid homage to Poland's tradition of being a land of...

Bespoke silk robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

Nov. 12, 2019 2:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping...

Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

Nov. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in the...

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

Nov. 11, 2019 5:19 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. They also were urged by Pope Francis' envoy to be...

Mormon church leader denounces official's adoption scheme

Nov. 11, 2019 4:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he is "disgusted" by an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, marking the first time a church official has commented on the case. "We're just as disgusted with it as anybody," Ronald...

Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws devotees to church

Nov. 11, 2019 1:16 AM EST

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson. The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...